THE CONTEST IS OVER. Results will be published in July/August

Piscina Mirabilis is a Roman reservoir built by Emperor Augustus in the 1st century AD, in order to feed with drinking water the headquarter of his western Mediterranean war fleet. It was dug out a tuff hill, and it is based on a regular grid of pillars and arcs, with vaulted ceilings.

Participants of this competitions are asked to reuse this space as a Contemporary Art Museum.

Is it possible to bring life back inside one of the most important reservoirs of the ancient world?
The answer to this question is in the hands of the architects, the students, the designers and the engineers who will participate to this competition.



Fala Atelier
Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares & Ahmed Belkhodja

Federica Sofia Zambeletti

Francesco Garofalo

Fernando Guerra

Enorme Studio
Carmelo Rodríguez & Rocío Pina

The Boundary
Peter Guthrie

SET Architects
Lorenzo Catena, Onorato di Manno & Andrea Tanci

Diego Hernandez



CINEMA 4D – 90 days subscription OFFERED BY MAXON!

MAXON offers a 90 DAYS subscription to CINEMA 4D (instead of the normal 15 days), to those who participate to our contest!
You can also fully access to CINEVERSITY tutorials for 90 days!

What is the museum today? As a point of departure for the ‘Piscina Mirabilis’ competition, KooZA/rch invites you to reflect upon the role of this cultural institution in our contemporary society.


KooZA/rch has prepared a Pinterest board for you about this competition. Check it out!


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